Foraging for wild blueberries is an exciting and rewarding activity. Not only can you enjoy the sweet, juicy fruit, but you can also use the wood from the plants to fuel your campfire. Recently, we discovered a wild blueberry patch in the woods and we’re excited to share our tips on how to maximize it for both fruit and firewood.
First, you’ll want to identify the plants. Wild blueberry plants are small shrubs with dark green, glossy leaves and white flowers. The berries themselves are small and round, and they turn from green to blue when ripe. Once you’ve identified the plants, you can start harvesting the fruit. The best time to pick is in late summer when the berries are at their sweetest.
Next, you’ll want to gather the wood from the plants. The wood is perfect for kindling and will burn quickly and easily. To gather the wood, simply cut off the branches with a pair of pruning shears or a saw. Make sure to leave enough of the plant intact so that it can continue to produce fruit in future years.
Finally, you’ll want to store your bounty. The berries can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week or frozen for up to a year. The wood should be stored in a dry place where it won’t get wet. That way, it will be ready to use when you need it.
Foraging for wild blueberries is a great way to enjoy nature and stock up on delicious fruit and firewood at the same time. With our tips, you can maximize your wild blueberry patch for both fruit and firewood. So grab your basket and get out there!